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18th Feb 2003, 07:44 pm
The "Layers" window in the Object Properties Toolbar is just not wide enough. It truncates the layer names so bad that I can usually NOT tell what layer it's trying to display. :x
Does anyone know where in the menu file I could specify how wide that little window is, so I could change it to be acutally useful? :lol:
18th Feb 2003, 11:02 pm
I would search the helpfile and look for a 'system variable'.
Or type EXPRESS to load express tools, investigate those.
Or try www.dotsoft.com
Or search google for a lisp that does it for you.
19th Feb 2003, 02:38 pm
Somewhere in the menu file, that portion of that tool bar must be defigned. The drop down must have a width defigned.
I'm hopeing we have a Menu Guru here in the forum that will know all about this stuff, right off the top of his (or her) head!! :D
1st Mar 2003, 09:52 pm
This question interested me because I couldn't work it out either. So, I contacted a friend of mine who develops applications for AutoCAD and this is what he had to say about it:
That is an interesting question... it seems that the menu file has only this in it:
for the layer toolbar thingy. So, instead of a button where you can see what bitmap the toolbar item uses and what command is given too there is the word "Control". That is, I think, an external control defined in one of the ActiveX's ACAD uses, or something like that and it looks doubtful if there are any settings the user could change. The menu file is a dead end anyway - it only calls the control and doesn't seem to have any command line options.
My search through ACAD documentation didn't help either.
Sorry to dissapoint you this time - I found no way to change the width of the control.
So it looks as though you'll just have to use shorter layer names!
11th Mar 2003, 07:47 pm
Awww Shucks!! :(
Thanks Dave, for doing the leg work and, at the very least, getting a definitave answer.
29th Mar 2003, 08:28 pm
There is an add-on called "Quickpick" by Manusoft that makes the layers dropdown much longer, and has several other useful features such as locking your status bar and toolbars so you don't accidentally move them when you are working. I am using the 30 day free trial version and am considering purchasing it. It can be found at
By the way, if you try it out, to open it after starting up AutoCAD, there will be a little "Q" at the bottom right-hand corner of ACAD.
2nd Apr 2003, 05:53 pm
Thanks Flores, I'll give it a try!
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